• Update 21H1 to 21H2?


    My desktop is on Windows Home, Version 21H1 (OS Build 19043.1387) and running well. I have not been offered 21H2 when I updated last on Nov.30. Is there any advantage for me to update to 21H2 (via Susan’s registry patch)? I’m in no rush to try 2011.



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    • #2406028

      Windows 10 21H2 is a relatively minor update. For home users probably the biggest benefit is the extended support windows. 21H1 is supported until December 2022. 21H2 is supported until June 2023.

      See What’s New in Windows 10’s November 2021 Update (21H2) (howtogeek.com) for a comprehensive list of what’s new in 21H2.


    • #2408835

      I have Windows 10 Pro on two computers. Both have versions 21H1. Last update was today (KB5008212).

      Why am I not offered 21H2?



    • #2408949

      Why am I not offered 21H2?

      Have you set an update limit via the registry?

      cheers, Paul

      • #2409099


        Not that I know of. Where exactly do I look to see if I have or not?

        UPDATE: I just went to this article on AskWoody:


        I then went down near the bottom to the section headed: “To use group policy to do the same change (assuming you have Windows 10 professional):” See attachment.

        At the top of the page, Enabled is checked.I went there on my older Win10 laptop, and under target version, it says 21H1, which is what I have installed.

        If I want to continue to update Windows 10, but NOT go to Windows 11, can I leave Windows 1o listed in the first space, and  just leave blank the space under ‘Target Version for Feature Updates’? Or do I need to do something else?



        • #2409155

          I have recently done exactly that: opened GPEDIT and cleared the Target Version field by backspacing out 21H1. Within a few hours, 21H2 appeared in Windows Update as a Pending download. I’ll probably install it later today.

          Regards, Phil

          • #2409197


            Let me know if the 21H2 download works as it should. If so, then I will backspace out 21H1, and assume that by M’soft magic 21H2 will appear in my Windows Update.



            • #2409233


              I’ll just mention that I made the Target Version change to 21H2 before applying the December CU. When the Feature Update to 21H2 appeared as a Pending download, the December CU (KB5008212) disappeared from the list.

              Anyway, the update completed successfully, but KB5008212 doesn’t appear in the Update history. However, it is present in the Installed Updates list obtained by clicking ‘Uninstall updates’ at the top of the View update history Settings page. So, my system is now at Version 21H2 (OS build 19044.1415).

              By the way, I had already updated my older machine to 21H2 back in November by replacing the Target Version of 21H1 to 21H2 with the machine fully updated. In this context, the feature update installs very quickly.

              Hope this helps.

              Regards, Phil

    • #2409342


      Like you, I cleared the Target Version field by backspacing out 21H1, but I then typed in 21H2. I have two Windows 10 laptops, so I did this on both. It all worked fine.

      Unlike you,  the action appears in my Update History on both computers. Also like you, both my  systems are  now at Version 21H2 (OS build 19044.1415).

      Thanks for your help.


    • #2409348

      I made the leap from 20H2 to 21H2 yesterday via Windows update, no issues!

      Windows 10 Pro 22H2

    • #2409537

      Be very careful about the update.  I had a bunch of shortcuts to Excel, Word and a PDF files on my desktop and following the update, some of them disappeared.  All that was left was a space on my monitor where they had been.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a record of them.  If you have a screen full of shortcuts to similar files on your desktop, then take a picture with your phone or your iPad  before the update so, if any of them disappear, then you will have a record of what was there before.

      Ron M

    • #2409556

      Ron M:

      I updated both of my Win 10 laptops to 21H2 and did not have that problem. I learned two things many years ago. First any time I add any shortcuts to my screen, I take a screen shot of them, and then print a hard copy. Then I know what I had, and where. Second, I always do a backup before I install any new version of Windows.


    • #2409620

      +1 for Desktop Restore (though I also trust DesktopOK).


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